Wind River Project Documentary Grant


New York, NY – Beyond Type 1, a global non-profit organization focusing on education, advocacy, and a cure for type 1 diabetes, gifted a grant to assist in the completion of The Wind River Project documentary.

The Wind River Project documentary is an 11-minute short film following three Type 1 diabetic climbers as they ascend the remote Titcomb Basin in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.  The climbers – Matt Spohn, Steve Richert, and Blake McCord – were brought together through two special things they have in common: a love for hiking and photography, and a T1D diagnosis from childhood.

The documentary portrays their struggles and triumphs during the 1500-foot ascent in the Wind River Range, all of which is magnified by having T1D and the many extra considerations forced to be taken during the climb.  “None of us have really climbed with others who have Type 1, certainly not in team of all diabetics,” says Blake McCord, climber and director of The Wind River Project. “In some ways it was nice, because we intimately understood what each of us was dealing with. You share that struggle.”  McCord and his fellow climbers Spohn and Richert wanted to highlight the added challenges of living with Type 1 to educate moviegoers about this auto-immune disease as well as to be a source of inspiration for anyone who has faced challenges and obstacles that might have appeared insurmountable.

Beyond Type 1 was able to give this grant to assist with completion of The Wind River Project documentary.  Beyond Type 1 will also receive credit for supporting the film, which most recently debuted in the Flagstaff Film Festival.

Beyond Type 1 was founded in 2015 by Nick Jonas, Juliet de Baubigny, Sarah Lucas, and Sam Talbot, and is a new brand of philanthropy leveraging the power of social media and technology, changing what it means to live with a chronic disease. With a focus on education, advocacy, and the path to a cure, Beyond Type 1 has developed a broad ranging portfolio of grantees and programs aimed at improving the lives of people impacted by T1D, with one of these grants being issued to The Wind River Project documentary.

For more information on The Wind River Project and Beyond Type 1, read our interview with director and producer Blake McCord.